For once I’m doing a Jake & Leon Anniversary posting on time. You can thank writer’s block for that since this week kept me so distracted I didn’t get a comic done. Instead, it’s the best of the strips (to me, since I don’t think anyone reads the comic) between October 25th (27th, to be technical) and today (last week, really). As for The Clutter Reports, I put the stuff back in my car after I organized them. The review of Enterprise – The First Adventure will appear next week and there are still no new comics to review this coming week.
And with the site stuff out of the way, it’s time for the comic. For those new to BW, Jake & Leon was created to give me something to post with the daily comic reviews. There were times I couldn’t come up with a good opening paragraph, and the comic was the rescue. Eventually it took over the Sunday spot as the comic reviews went weekly, and cast members were added. These are my favorite comics of this year’s worth of comics.
I’m serious. This was an actual study. Some people have too much time on their hands.
Storylines are are for this comic, and Jake (telling this story to Beth) was exaggerating…we’re not sure how much. It is, however, the first storyline where I confirmed something in my head, that Leon grew up in an orphanage. I had intended it as a side plot for the Christmas special comic but it seemed a bit forced and would be too long for a minicomic. So I brought it up here instead, bypassing the usual Christmas story where Fizzbin tries to figure out holiday traditions and carols. Not sure what I’ll do this year. My focus is getting Captain Yuletide done, and drawn better than last year’s.
To this day the raccoon gets more praise.
I didn’t even use a guide on Chuckles, just an image of him. I probably could have used one for Zod, Skeletor, and Dark Helmet, though.
Every anniversary Leon did that to Max. For this anniversary, another storyline came into being as Max finally found a way to create a celebration strip…by introducing a set for the comic.
#200 was just the set being revealed. This was actually showing off the three components. It’s something easy to draw, but I have an actual set if I don’t have time. It’s worked well thus far, although I’ve only used the podium once.
It’s such an obvious link, really. As much I’d rather see Dick Grayson as Nightwing, How different is his life when you really think about it?
Why don’t we have this yet, IDW? Get them on this!
It’s rare when I use an actual person in the comic. It doesn’t feel the same as a parody, when I’m using a character, but trying to resemble the actor as much as my limited art skills will allow (which usually turns out to be enough to avoid looking too much like the actor but just enough that you hopefully know who I’m referencing–unexpected advantage to poor art skills). It’s even rarer when I draw them in the Jake & Leon style. However, Uncle Yo and I know each other well enough that I took the risk and he didn’t seem to have a problem with it. Plus I was promoting Dungeon Crawlers, which I’m sure he liked. My only regret is not knowing what to do about a background. I’m not all that happy with what I ended up with. The autograph line at ConnectiCon is by the windows on the side of the convention center overlooking the center of Hartford, which is hard for me to draw on the fly.
I did another one of these with Captain America when they change the release date of Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn Of Justice to not be the same weekend as the next Captain America movie. (Or maybe it was the next Avengers movie. They’re making so many now it’s hard to keep track.) However, the Shazam! movie will not be in continuity and the director is going for a different, more light tone (or so he claims). Plus I’ve never drawn Captain Marvel before.
I didn’t want to leave Marvel out, even though it has a DC reference. They once brought back Peter’s parents, and changed their minds. Plus Gwen. Plus both Osbornes. Let’s face it, death is holding on to anybody lately. I blame Thanos. He keeps distracting her.
So that’s my favorites from last October 25 to today. Some I liked for something I did but not enough to add to the list. It’s time for a brand new year of mediocre parody strips. Maybe I’ll start getting better. They still look better than my first comic.